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Ashwell is number one

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 23 Dec 2008 at 07:07
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If ever there was vindication for Proteas’ coach Mickey Arthur’s succession planning, it came in the form of the brilliant debut performance by the 24-year-old JP Duminy in the famous first Test victory at the WACA at the weekend.

Sport 24 reports that it wasn’t something that happened by coincidence. Duminy revealed on Monday morning as the impact of his match-winning partnership with his colleague from junior days, AB de Villiers, started to sink in that being part of the Proteas Castle Test squad for a period of time had played an important part in settling his inevitable nerves.

“It’s still sinking in…..such a phenomenal victory. It is something that I will savour for the rest of my life,” he said.

“It is unbelievable to come here for the first time with the Test side and pull off a victory in our first Test match. I am lost for words to say how I am feeling at the moment. I’ve lived through all those days of getting so close to beating the Aussies and not quite getting there. The World Cup in ’99 was a bit painful. I think I watched every ball of it (as a 15-year-old). Ending in a run out was particularly disappointing.

“I didn’t want to portray a nervous and uncomfortable feeling out there. I was feeling the pressure but my main objective was to soak up the pressure and take it ball by ball. AB and I spoke a lot together and that also helped and it all paid off in the end. AB and I have been playing with or against each other since the age of 15 and we have good communication together as well as a good friendship. We were determined to enjoy the moment on the field.

“I have travelled with the team for a number of tours now and that helped to get me well prepared. I have seen all the feelings of winning and losing and it was great to be part of a great victory like this and to be part of it at the end.

“Hopefully we can take this momentum into the next Test and pull off another win.”

Part of Arthur’s strategy has been to ensure that Duminy would make a comfortable entry into Test cricket but that he also understands why he has had to wait patiently for his debut and may have to wait again for his next selection.

“Ashwell is always going to the number one player in that spot,” Duminy said, “so the minute that he becomes available again and is fit to play, he will take my place and I understand that. He has performed well over the last couple of years and he deserves every credit that he gets. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have got. It’s been a good start to my career and hopefully it will not be the last.”

Captain Graeme Smith hailed Duminy’s contribution in his post-match Press conference. “He’s travelled with us for a period of time now, he’s watched so many Test matches with us over the last year-and-a-half from the sidelines, probably gaining a bit of experience, seeing what it’s all about. He’s played his fair share of one-day games now so he’s had a taste of it.

“As I said to him now in terms of the pressure he faced today, he’s not going to get any worse probably ever in his Test career so he played superbly. A guy at this stage of his career, an innings like that can only really do wonders for him as a person.”


  • Like i said before this guy was to play test cricket. I think if McKenzie doesnt score runs in this next test then maybe AB should open in his place with JP coming in at 6.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.12.08 08:47:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    AB is not keen on opening.

    I am very happy for Duminy, it was a special innings.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.12.08 09:07:03 by MorneN Reply
  • “When I was batting I saw on the scoreboard South Africa had won – and it made me chuckle a little bit.”
    Kevin Pietersen took pleasure from Australia’s defeat in Perth.

    Dec 23, 2008

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.12.08 09:11:25 by klempie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Duminy is a good batsmen but let’s not make the Steyn mistake that Rugby made by playing someone out of “position” just to make space for the guy.

    that Said. I think he and Prince should both play in the next test.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.12.08 09:13:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Summary of McKenzie’s figures since his recent inclusion in the Test Squad…

    vs Bangladesh – Averaged 21.00 in 2 innings with a High Score of 42…

    vs England – Averaged 48.42 in 8 innings – HS 138

    vs India – Ave 85.25 in 5 innings – HS 155*

    vs Bangladesh – Ave. 85.66 in 3 innings – HS 226

    vs West Indies – single innings of 23

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.12.08 09:23:04 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • What I’m trying to say is – give McKenzie another chance.

    Plus- I don’t want AB to open the batting. He seems to be enjoying his position right now so we shouldn’t really unsettle him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.12.08 09:27:37 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : KSA was Steyn supposed to be a pun?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.12.08 09:29:03 by klempie Reply
  • Guys. Read this article for a completely one-eyed view of cricket at the top of the rankings. 🙄


    Ian Chappel annoys the sh*t outta me!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.12.08 09:31:12 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 8) : Didn’t even read the whole thing… :yawn:

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.12.08 09:37:24 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • I wonder if Chappel knows they lost…

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.12.08 09:44:52 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 10) : I want the series win so badly – that would be the best way to end the year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.12.08 09:47:34 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 10) : LOL 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.12.08 09:52:00 by klempie Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 10) : Exactly! He posts: “while the South Africans are merely hoping they can match it with the boys of the baggy green.”

    Um, they did more than match them….

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.12.08 09:59:57 by Baldrick Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 12) : @Baldrick (Comment 13) :

    It was a 6 WICKET WIN!!! With over a SESSION to spare!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.12.08 10:03:45 by MorneN Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 13) : Blackadder’s Aide, he will call a 3-0 whitewash “matched”. 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.12.08 10:05:11 by klempie Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 14) : …and it’s not like we were chasing 214 or something… 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.12.08 10:08:17 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • They certainly can’t drop Prince. But it’s good to have competition for places.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.12.08 10:52:59 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : Yeah – that’s the mark of great teams – being able to replace quality with quality.

    It helps to have positive youngsters like JP on the sidelines…willing to wait for his turn…and grab the opportunity if the team/country needs him. Great stuff!

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.12.08 11:01:03 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 18) : And at the moment, it looks like Aus can’t make those replacements. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.12.08 11:02:02 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 7) :

    😛 No it just happend to sound that way. 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.12.08 11:15:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 19) : Now they wish they had cloned Warne… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.12.08 11:20:45 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • India have overtaken us in the rankings. 👿 But if we win or draw this current series we go back to second.

    Need to win 3-0 to go top.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.12.08 15:02:03 by McLovin Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Lucky. Cos it would have been awful had it been intentional. 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.12.08 15:13:25 by klempie Reply

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